European Union (EU) transport ministers on Wednesday (11 March) agreed at an informal meeting of the bloc’s maritime chiefs in Croatia, that greenhouse gas emissions from the shipping sector needs to be reduced significantly, reports independent EU specialist media network Euractiv.
Ministers gathered to sign a declaration that targets “a carbon-neutral and zero pollution waterborne transport sector” in the EU.
One notable aspect is the declaration insists any decarbonisation efforts must be made ‘flag neutral’ – meaning whatever policy that the EU adopts (be it Emissions Trading System (ETS) inclusion or Carbon dioxide (CO2) engine standards) will apply to all ships sailing in EU waters, not just EU-registered ships.
The issue of curbing the usage of fossil fuel in shipping was also addressed by European Parliament transport committee chair Karima Delli.
“We must set up zero-emission ports, and we must end tax incentives for heavy fuel oil,” she said.
The declaration recognised the Commission’s recent proposal for a Just Transition Mechanism, a EUR 100 (USD 112 billion) billion package that is designed to help EU regions dump fossil fuels and replace jobs lost in carbon-intensive sectors.
The two main ports in Malta (Valletta and Marsaxlokk) have been recognised as potential candidates eligible to receive funding.
“In view of reducing emissions by the docking ships and keeping the competitiveness of Maltese ports, it is necessary to provide an alternative to the burning of heavy fuel/gasoil in these ports by providing the ships with power supply,” concludes the EU executive’s report.
Caroline Yang, President of SSA, addresses issues earlier raised by players; including PMC No. 04, the seven-day restriction, contactless bunkering, sampling point, hose connection, and more.
IBIA Asia, ABIS, sources from Singapore’s bunkering and surveying companies, and an industry veteran share with Manifold Times the issues expected from MPA’s latest Covid-19 measures.
The top three positive movers in the 2020 bunker supplier list are Hong Lam Fuels Pte Ltd (+13); Chevron Singapore Pte Ltd (+12); and SK Energy International (+8), according to MPA list.
‘We will operate in the Singapore bunkering market from the Tokyo, with support from local staff at Sumitomo Corporation Singapore,’ source tells Manifold Times.
Changes include abolishing advance declaration of bunkers as dangerous cargo, reducing pilotage fees on vessels receiving bunkers, and a ‘whitelist’ system for bunker tankers.
Claim relates to deliveries of MGO to the vessels Pacific Diligence, Pacific Valkyrie, Pacific Defiance, Crest Alpha 1, and Pacific Warlock between March 2020 to April 2020.